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by PH
19 Oct 2021, 7:47pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Refused exchange or partial refund - bike stand over height too tall
Replies: 41
Views: 772

Re: Refused exchange or partial refund - bike stand over height too tall

I don't think yet mentioned, though I might have missed it - Your employer.
You have sacrificed some salary in order to have a bike to ride to work, they are involved, technically I believe it's their bike. A letter from them to the cycle scheme provider might carry some weight. There's some heavily vested interests in the chain, the scheme wants your employer and the retailer wants the vouchers...
by PH
19 Oct 2021, 10:26am
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Refused exchange or partial refund - bike stand over height too tall
Replies: 41
Views: 772

Re: Refused exchange or partial refund - bike stand over height too tall

I don't know why people are going on about the saddle height, that isn't crushed's issue. It's clear from the photo that if they can't stand astride the bike while on saddle in it's current position, they won't be able to stand astride the bike off the saddle with it in any position.
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Where to go from here? There's differing opinions about the consumer rights, best get some proper advice rather than relying on a forum, or the retailer. I'd get some trusted source to confirm the size is unsuitable, Trek's own size guide or even better another shop. Then just keep pushing that you've been missold, the retailer, the distributer, the cycle scheme, social media, anyone you can think of, just don't quote consumer rights unless you're 100% sure of them.
by PH
18 Oct 2021, 9:10pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Two punctures in one week on Marathon Plus, after 3,000+ miles getting away with it
Replies: 12
Views: 471

Re: Two punctures in one week on Marathon Plus, after 3,000+ miles getting away with it

As a halfway house, you could try those Tannus inserts, I have no experience and always thought them a bit of a gimmick, but such things seem to be taken seriously in the MTB world
https://tannus.co.uk/armour-homepage#to ... eg-desktop
by PH
18 Oct 2021, 9:30am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Two punctures in one week on Marathon Plus, after 3,000+ miles getting away with it
Replies: 12
Views: 471

Re: Two punctures in one week on Marathon Plus, after 3,000+ miles getting away with it

Either you have some unusual extreme use or that's exceptional bad luck. It happens, I sometimes go months without a puncture then get several close together, unrelated and on different bikes. It would be wrong for you to draw any conclusions from this other than a punctures are a possibility even on M+.
I you don't like removing the wheel, there's several strategies avoid it, amongst them: If you're patching, it ought to be possible to pull the tube out of the tyre with the wheel still fitted. Or have a tube attached inside the frame rear triangle to swap. I've also seen the seal and inflate cans used successfully, though was initially sceptical, this one

https://www.zefal.com/en/repair/175-repair-spray.html
by PH
17 Oct 2021, 11:07pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Refused exchange or partial refund - bike stand over height too tall
Replies: 41
Views: 772

Re: Refused exchange or partial refund - bike stand over height too tall

rualexander wrote: 17 Oct 2021, 10:15pm They may say however that you accepted it when you collected it.
Sadly, despite the poor advice received, I'm pretty sure this is what any consumer regulation will also say.
There's a very limited time to inspect and accept any product, using it for 28 days is going to fall well outside that. It have been a bit better if bought online, but even then not if it's been used.
It seems you were deliberately missold, I'd be taking it as high as possible in the hope someone will be sympathetic.
by PH
17 Oct 2021, 3:01pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyres,tubes,sizes
Replies: 12
Views: 294

Re: Tyres,tubes,sizes

oldtimer99 wrote: 16 Oct 2021, 4:11pm Ran out if tubes, co2 and patience. Taxi involved.
Puncture repair kit and a pump would have solved that, probably in less time than you waited for the taxi. Even the self adhesive patches would have been OK, though they're probably more reliable on the lower pressure 40's than the 28's.
by PH
17 Oct 2021, 2:52pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Tyres,tubes,sizes
Replies: 12
Views: 294

Re: Tyres,tubes,sizes

PT1029 wrote: 16 Oct 2021, 4:53pm Schwalbe AV 17, covers 700 X 28 - 45 tyre sizes. (AV = schreader (car) valves. If you want presta, it is SV 17).
Or for presta valves there's the X-Light SV18 which Schwalbe claim covers 28 - 44, the lower bulk might make them a better fit in 28's, they do fine in my bikes from 32 to 40.
I bought a pack of four a few years ago to get an order over the free postage threshold, they were no dearer than other Schwalbe tubes. In use I haven't really noticed any advantage, or disadvantage, but for spares the smaller pack size is nice.
by PH
16 Oct 2021, 8:43pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Cargo bikes, which designs give the best ‘bang per buck’ ?
Replies: 15
Views: 343

Re: Cargo bikes, which designs give the best ‘bang per buck’ ?

Carlton green wrote: 16 Oct 2021, 11:22am # courier / postie / butcher’s bike - but they tend to both be heavy and with limited gears.
Gearing can always be changed and I'm not sure about the heavy.
Sure, they weigh more than the first two options in the list, but heavier than those options that come after it?
I rejected an Elephant Bike on weight, but I'd have to carry it up and down stairs every day so would have rejected any other cargo bike as well. I don't think there is anything else comes close in terms of filling your needs and value.
OTOH if you have enough use for one they all seem to offer plenty of value, if your use is more casual, well you probably already know the answer's a trailer and all the objections to that you've raised are easily put aside.
by PH
16 Oct 2021, 10:45am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: GPS Systems for Long-Distance Touring
Replies: 30
Views: 686

Re: GPS Systems for Long-Distance Touring

Audax67 wrote: 15 Oct 2021, 9:28am
PH wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 10:44am I'll use google maps and headphones for directions in urban areas, or to specific places. Yes I know the arguments about restricting your hearing, though I use ones that limit this, IMO the audio is less of a distraction than looking at a screen.
Illegal when driving or riding in France. 135 € fine.
I thought the law forbade wearing something in the ear and therefore those headphones that don't were OK, but I don't particularly want to be arguing the point on the roadside.
by PH
15 Oct 2021, 12:10am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face
Replies: 115
Views: 1783

Re: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face

Jdsk wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 3:59pm And that's all in the past. What should we do now?
Jonathan
Start with a clear understanding of how we got here. There's no way forward without it.
by PH
15 Oct 2021, 12:09am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Do you lock your brompton
Replies: 15
Views: 404

Re: Do you lock your brompton

Tangled Metal wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 11:35pm If not there it's next to me on the train.
I believe ex CUK Chief Exec Paul Tuohy had his stolen from behind his seat on a train, though unusually he got it back.
I see them locked up all the time, depends entirely on your use, that's why I asked what the context of the question was. I've never taken mine in a shop, because I've never needed to do any shopping while using it, I have been in plenty of shops where I wouldn't wheel it around.
by PH
14 Oct 2021, 3:53pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face
Replies: 115
Views: 1783

Re: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face

Ben@Forest wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 1:53pm
PH wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 11:49am The problem is there was no other Brexit, believing so is just a fantasy, the idea that we can have some parts but not others was never an option, otherwise every country would choose it.
I have a real dislike of the EU, the protectionism, the centralised economic policy, the control it exerts over sovereign governments... but while it exists not being a part of it is doing exactly as this thread title suggests.
No government or party can offer a law or policy document or even a manifesto as to how leaving the European Union will be done and what it would look like as negotiations can only be started after declaring Article 50. So a domestic player stating exactly what Brexit or Grexit or Quitaly will look like can only be hoping, surmising or guessing.
Maybe we should ask Mick F what Brexit he thought he was voting for?
While you're right about the timing of negotiations and that no party could have given specifics. The broad general principles of the EU were never up for negotiation. The freedom of goods and services without the freedom of movement was never going to be on the table. The Labour party proposed that we should agree the deal and have a referendum on it's ratification, it seemed to me a sensible way forward but was much derided.
by PH
14 Oct 2021, 11:49am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face
Replies: 115
Views: 1783

Re: How does the UK stop cutting off it's nose to spite it's face

Mick F wrote: 13 Oct 2021, 4:23pm I'm a Labour supporter and a Brexit supporter (but not the Brexit that the tories organised),
The problem is there was no other Brexit, believing so is just a fantasy, the idea that we can have some parts but not others was never an option, otherwise every country would choose it.
I have a real dislike of the EU, the protectionism, the centralised economic policy, the control it exerts over sovereign governments... but while it exists not being a part of it is doing exactly as this thread title suggests.
by PH
14 Oct 2021, 10:44am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: GPS Systems for Long-Distance Touring
Replies: 30
Views: 686

Re: GPS Systems for Long-Distance Touring

I use paper maps, a Garmin Touring and Google maps on a phone.
Paper maps for planning and to get the bigger picture. You don't need loads, even the pages out of a road atlas are usually good enough.
I'll load a track* onto the Garmin a day or two in advance, I might not stick to it, but it's there if needed and also useful to see where I am in relation to it. I'll also have a campsite list loaded as POI's, that way when I've had enough riding I can get turn by turn directions to one.
I'll use google maps and headphones for directions in urban areas, or to specific places. Yes I know the arguments about restricting your hearing, though I use ones that limit this, IMO the audio is less of a distraction than looking at a screen.
That ought to cover it, though if I have a general idea of where I'm going I might not look at any all day. The important thing to remember is these are all tools, none of them ought to be the master. That you spend hours planning a route doesn't mean it's obligatory.
I have no problem keeping any device charged, it's not the issue some would have you believe, or maybe was in the past.

* Track rather than route, so you get a line on a map rather than directions, that way you can stray off the route and still see it. Though it's so many years since I loaded a route I've forgotten just what the options are.
by PH
14 Oct 2021, 10:13am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Map showing public showers in UK?
Replies: 23
Views: 750

Re: Map showing public showers in UK?

andrew_s wrote: 14 Oct 2021, 12:10am
Sweep wrote: 13 Oct 2021, 8:23pm Do they ever change the key?
"Legitimate users" would be those that have paid a non inconsiderable sum for a Canal & Rivers Trust boat licence, which is the source of the money that pays for the facilities (as well as general river maintenance). It seems to be in the range of £500 to £1500 p/a, depending on how big the boat is.
The Canal & River Trust’s income is over £200m of which £40m comes from boat and mooring licenses, that's less than either the DEFRA grant or the Investment and Property Income, both of which are over £50m.
You can openly and honestly buy the key from their website, there's no restriction or declaration that you're a boater. While walking or cycling along a towpath I consider myself a legitimate user and have no qualms about using the facilities, I don't consider there to be anything sneaky about it.
If anyone feels they ought to be contributing to the trust, it's easily done, either financially or by volunteering.